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Most children daydream. Most children have imaginary friends they play out creative scenarios with. Their fantasy world is a simple, joyful distraction from their outer lives. Eventually their outer lives take root, and they grow out of it. Their playful fantasies become unnecessary as they develop more fulfilling relationships. Their fantasy dream world fades into the past as nothing but a wonderful childhood memory. Usually they forget it ever existed.
For some of us............it doesn't, and the consequences can be drastic.
For the past 30 years I've been living in an alternate reality that has completely taken over my life. Instead of fading into the past, it became my reality. The outside world faded & faded, and I've been fighting to reclaim it. Long past the point of being a joyful fantasy, it's become an addiction that I have unlimited access to. I have no self control. I can only distract myself out of it. I'm like an alcoholic with an unlimited supply of booze everywhere I go. When I do it too much I feel sick & dazed, yet I can't stop. I've stepped out into traffic & almost gotten myself killed more times than I can count. I've gotten better & am struggling to find footing in the outside world. In the meantime, I want to reach out.
This condition has a name. It's called Maladaptive Daydreaming, also known as Compulsive Fantasizing. I spent years feeling alone and scared, like I was the only one on the planet that could possibly be going through this. I felt like a freak. I was completely ashamed and scared to death anyone would find out. It's time to end that. We're not freaks. Our brains work differently. Maladaptive Daydreamers (Compulsive Fantasizers) lead unique and enriching lives. We have wondrous gifts and gut-wrenching struggles. For the good and the bad, this condition takes a lot of strength and energy to live with. I refuse to be ashamed, and I don't want anyone else to be either.
I know there are others out there who are experiencing a similar kind of condition. Hopefully they're not experiencing it to the extreme that I have. Either way, let's talk. Perhaps we can find some answers together.
This forum isn't just for Maladaptive Daydreamers (Compulsive Fantasizers). Many disorders do overlap. Feel free to discuss any that you like. Let's keep the dialog going.
One day, I hope we can all stand proud and learn to live the best of both worlds. Once we do, I'm sure we'll feel better off for having had this condition.
Do your friends or family know about your daydreaming? What are their feelings/reactions to it? This is the only place where I can talk about my daydreaming. I've never told anyone and I'd be mortified if my family found out.Continue
Anyone fancy a friendly chat. I'e been waiting so long to talk to people who see the world like I do and now I finally found a place where I can. If anyone wants to leave a message maladaptiven or not feel free to drop a chat I havethis tab open…Continue
Two years ago when I joined this community, I think I was more dead than alive. I've been waging quite a brutal war with maladaptive dreaming and the array of issues that underlie it ever since then and I'm on my way out of this prison. I wanted to…Continue
Hello, i'm 19 years old and i started MD as a form of protection. It started at college (my first round) where i had no friends, everyone was mean and i didn't enjoy my subjects. No one understood my creative abilities. So i started to imagine my…Continue
Hi! I have been MDDing for 3 years, and I am finally coming back into reality after being away for so long. Is it normal to feel disoriented/confused after daydreaming for so long? It's a weird feeling to describe. It's like finally accepting that…Continue
It started when I was twelve. I used to day dream during classes (especially Chemistry), long car rides, and, of course, before bed.After 14 years, he's still there, same face, just minor personality changes.Whenever I'm in a new relationship, he…Continue
Hello everyone,I am a final year psychology student at Aston University in the UK looking to investigate maladaptive daydreaming for my final year project and am looking for participants. The study will be conducted online and will be looking at…Continue
Hey everyone I'm new here. I only found out about this place a week ago when coincidentally googling help for my depression and anxiety.Although I'm new and just realized this thing had a name lol I have been suffering from md since I wannna say…Continue
Hi! A couple months ago I realized that I have MDD. I have been daydreaming for about 3 years. I am finally coming back into reality after "being away" for so long. Is it normal to feel disoriented and confused after daydreaming for that much time?…Continue
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This is an article I wrote for my writing class about MD.
Out of My Mind…Continue